The Last Movie Star

Synopsis: An aging former movie star is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. On its surface, the film is a tale about faded fame. At its core, it's a universal story about growing old.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Adam Rifkin
  2 wins.
94 min

[announcer] Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome

movie star extraordinaire

Vic Edwards!

[audience cheering and applauding]

I think people are always fascinated

about how... how people

get into movies.

I gather your first screen test

was a fair-sized experience.

Yeah, it was. My, uh...

My screen test was, uh...

sad and funny. I hope it's funny.

I went into 20th Century Fox

on an interview.

First guy said,

"You have a very good face,"

and he said, "We'd like to do

a screen test of you."

Then I thought,

"Man, I'm gonna be a star."

- [audience laughs]

- So on the day of the screen test,

I'm gonna get a haircut.

So I duck into this barbershop

at 7:
00 in the morning

and I say to the guy, uh...

"Give me a haircut and shave."

I'd never had a shave

in a barbershop before.

And the guy

had never given one before.

[all laughing]

And, uh, he gave me

the worst haircut

you've ever seen in your life.

And then he...

There was cuts all over my face.

And I had pieces of toilet paper

pasted all on my face.


That was my test. And I wondered

why they didn't sign me

for a seven year contract.

That was my introduction

to, uh, the movies.

[audience cheering and applauding]

[dogs barking in distance]

[phone ringing]

[keypad clicking]

[dog whimpers]


- [blows air]

- [door opens]

[receptionist] Squanto.

Squanto Edwards.

[veterinarian] Well, his kidneys

are completely shutting down.

He's not responding

to the diuretics anymore.

And we had to take him off

the ACE inhibitors

for his heart disease

because it's making

his kidney damage worse.

His body is basically poisoning itself.

I mean, he's 15,

so he's not really a candidate

for something more aggressive

like a transplant.



What would you do,

if it was your dog?

[veterinarian] I'm afraid

we're out of options.

I'd have to let him go.


Well... [clears throat]

Do you mind if I...

say goodbye to him alone?

Yeah, of course. We'll give you

a minute to say goodbye.

[dog whining]


[dogs barking in distance]

[car engine starts]



[clock ticking]









[mild music playing on speakers]



[man on PA, indistinct]

[grunts] Mmm.

[woman on PA, indistinct]

[man, on PA] Customer service

at the deli, please.

Customer service at the deli.


late in the fourth quarter.

They've had a lot of success

with the shotgun formation, Brian.

[commentator] Sure have.

It took a while to get near him.

Thompson is in the backfield.


Shotgun formation. Snap is off.

Toss to the far side. He's got room.

In for the touchdown!

- Nice view, huh?

- Mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm.

I always loved yoga.

Oh, yeah. Thinking I'm having,

uh, palpitations.

[man] Mmm.

- [exhales]

- Say, Vic, did you hear

that JJerry Renner died yesterday?

Oh, that's too bad.

Yeah, he was a nice guy.

No, he wasn't.

He was a putz.


[both laugh]

Oh, here.

Forgot to show you this.

This was sent to me.

What do you think?

I don't know

how they got my address,

but they sent it to me.

This is the International

Nashville Film Festival.

You're being honored.

"This year is being dedicated

to honoring you

and your impressive body of work.

It's about time."

- [Vic] Ah, so what?

- "We would like to invite you

to join us for a retrospective

of some of your greatest films

followed by a gala ceremony

where you'll be presented

with our prestigious

Lifetime Achievement Award."

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Adam Rifkin

Adam Rifkin (born December 31, 1966), sometimes credited as Rif Coogan, is an American film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter.His career ranges from broad family comedies to dark and gritty urban dramas. Rifkin is best known in Hollywood circles for writing family-friendly comedies like MouseHunt and 2007's Underdog.Most recently, Rifkin directed 2017's The Last Movie Star. more…

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